Are the odds of the Brewers landing Juan Soto in a trade really as long as we think they are? Perhaps not. According to one MLB executive, the Brewers are one his top three teams that could land the young superstar.
MLB’s Mark Feinsand polled 17 anonymous front office executives across the league. He asked them which three teams they view as the favorites to trade for Juan Soto. One of them mentioned the Brewers in their top three.
Could the Brewers really be considered a top three favorite to land Juan Soto in a trade from the Nationals?
We’ve looked at what this trade could potentially cost and it would blow up the farm system the Brewers have spent the past few years building back up. While the immense cost would put a hard close on the Crew’s window to contend for a World Series after the 2024 season, it opens the window as wide as possible for the next three postseasons if they can pull it off. If they win even just one ring, it’ll all be worth it.
The Brewers certainly need to add some offensive help, and Juan Soto would be everything this offense could ask for and more.
David Stearns tends to operate in silence. No one really knows what he’s up to or how close he really is to acquiring someone until he has the deal done. He’s pulled surprises and stunners before. As atypical of an acquisition as a Soto deal would seem for Stearns, he has made big time trades from the top of his farm system before. The trade for Christian Yelich is one that comes to mind.
When the Brewers acquired Yelich, no one had any idea of it beforehand, and Stearns essentially blew up the top of his farm system. Two of his top four prospects, three of his top 10, and all four were from his top 15. Of course, any acquisition of Soto will be much more expensive than that. But big trades from the farm system are not totally unheard of from Stearns.
Mark Attanasio has always stated he’s willing to stretch the payroll and spend extra money to help improve the club at the deadline and increase their chances to win the World Series. Soto moves the needle so much that acquiring him for the next two and a half seasons would be worth the money spent on him. He won’t have enough to sign him to a long term extension, but if they win a World Series, they can let him go and be happy with what he did here.
Perhaps this executive naming Milwaukee as a favorite for Soto means the Crew’s farm system is actually a lot better than most think. Perhaps the Brewers’ chances to make this trade are much better than we all thought. However, that doesn’t mean the chances are still actually good or that this is likely to come to fruition.
It is interesting, however, that the Brewers are named when everything on the surface, with the farm system and the money owed, would lead one to believe they have no shot.
David Stearns does call on everybody and he’s almost assuredly called the Nationals to gauge the price tag on Soto. Whether he has the ability to pay the price may not be the question any more, at least according to this one executive, but the willingness to pay that price could be the difference.